Woman smashed up homeless centre room
A WOMAN who admitted causing criminal damage after smashing furniture has been sentenced by magistrates.
Keira Paton, 18, was staying at Swansea's Young Single Homeless project in The Promenade, Swansea, where she was receiving help for problems with alcohol.
On August 2, after she had been out drinking, she returned back to the premises and asked a counsellor for help.
When she was told they were too busy, she went to her room and began smashing furniture.
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Paton, of Briars Court, Blaenymaes, who was described as being "very emotional", went out into the street and was followed by staff.
She told them: "I smashed up the room, call the police." When staff checked the room, they found a chest of drawers and a bedside cabinet had been destroyed. Plant pots and dirt were also spread around the room.
Paton caused £120 of damage, Swansea Magistrates' Court heard.
Phil Huxtable, representing Paton, said his client had problems with drink since she was 14.
"She felt she wasn't having the support she needed at that time," he said.
"She accepts she took her frustration out on her furniture. She recognises she has an issue with drink," he added.
City magistrates gave her a conditional discharge for 12 months. She was ordered to pay compensation.